Control problems are rarely an issue for Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander. Manager Brad Ausmus has no fear about a carryover to the right-hander's start against the Seattle Mariners on Thursday afternoon. The Mariners might be just what Verlander (1-2, 6.04 ERA) needs to return to his usual dominant self.
New York jumps 13 spots in Tim Brown's Power Rankings as San Francisco is headed in the wrong direction.
Let the promotion possibilities proceed. The Seattle Mariners have apparently started to tag Ladner southpaw James Paxton as Big Maple, a connection that works with his Canadian roots, the tattoo on right arm and his 6-foot-4, 235-pound frame. He’s been performing worthy of a monicker. Paxton, who got roughed up last week by the Oakland Athletics after three dazzling outings to start the season, rebounded last night by holding the Detroit Tigers to four hits and no runs over seven innings in what became an 8-0 Mariners win on the road. Paxton struck out nine and walked one batter as he improved his record to 3-0. Going into today, Paxton is seventh in the majors in ERA (1.39) and tied with Clayton